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Top 5 Thing You Should Be Cleaning

I don't know about anyone else, but having a clean home just makes me feel better. Part of keeping things clean means maintaining the machines that you use. So with that said here are my top 5 things you should be cleaning that tend to get overlooked.

Numbero Uno - The dryer lint trap

Every dryer has a lint trap. First and foremost that should be cleaned out after every use. If you do not clean this out regularly the lint builds up and becomes hazardous. Too much lint mixed with the heat of the drum can cause a fire. On my dryer the lint trap is on the inside of the door. Some models have a lint trap on the top of the dryer with a screen that you pull out. Cleaning the screen off is step 1. However, it is the second step that many people tend to either forget or not think of. Every month I like to take my lint trap vent off (there are a couple of screws for mine) and use the vacuum hose and vacuum out all of the lint that is inside of the dryer itself. Not only is it hazardous for…
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Easter "basket" Ideas

I know the holiday has already come and gone, but I thought I would share what I did this Easter for my children's "baskets". This year I knew I wanted to do something different. Of course, how can you not want to do something different when you spend a lot of time on Pinterest searching for ideas (breastfeeding past time)?  This year my children were almost 4 years old and 3 months old at the time of Easter. I knew I did not want to have a large basket of candy left for my son because he is a chocoholic. I also wanted to find things that were going to be more useful than little dollar hot spot toys that I was going to wind up throwing away within a couple of weeks. I also knew I wanted somethings that could be used outside as he loves being outdoors. So for his "basket" I went with the umbrella idea from Pinterest.
We opened the umbrella and put all of his items inside of it. Which actually was not as easy as it might look because it is not a flat and stable b…

Why Doesn't My Husband Lactate?

Let me start by saying that I know I am grateful to have the life that I do. I know there are many parents out there wishing that they could stay home with their children everyday instead of sending them to daycare.

Being a stay at home parent is exhausting. It is the most rewarding and exhausting thing that I have ever experienced. The days start to blur together because the days never seem to come to an end. Going into having our second child I knew things were going to change again, but I do not think you can fully prepare for this. When you have one child the whole "sleep when the baby sleeps" thing sort of works. When you have more than one child, that just simply is not the case. Even when both kids are sleeping, I find that I am not because that is the only time I have to myself without someone needing something from me. I end up staying up way too late trying to just relax in the quiet. The mornings are a real struggle around here.

On a typical night I get about 3-6 …

I Can't Do It All

I cannot speak for everyone, but I feel that as a stay at home mom, wife, and student that there are not enough hours in the day. Every night I go to bed thinking about a million things. The never ending things on my to do list that I never even got to start. Between making meals, wiping butts, breastfeeding, cuddling and trying to get the baby to nap, wiping up messes, doing the dishes, feeding the animals, letting the dog in and out, constantly being asked for snacks and drinks (even after being told that they are too full to finish a meal), and tantrums I find that there is not a lot of time left in the day. Not enough time to do all the things I wanted to when the day began; technically before the day even began. I usually have a mental to do list that I want to accomplish the next day. The last week or so I have been making a to do list on a piece of paper. I have come to find that the only ones that get accomplished are the ones that I do everyday regardless, like the dishes.

I h…

I want to remember

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the memories that I have of myself growing up and all the things I can possibly remember. The good and the bad memories. I feel like I am beginning to forget more and more of the little things and I really don't want to.

For instance, I was bathing our 3 month old daughter. My husband had yet to give her a bath since she was born because he was afraid of something going wrong. I can't blame him. Anyways, I asked him if he remembered bathing our son when he was a baby. He said he couldn't really remember. I also could not remember something as simple as how, where, and when we bathed our son as a baby. Now this is only nearly 4 years since the fact. How can we forget something like that? 4 years really is not that long. At least it doesn't seem like it's that long when your child is growing right in front of your eyes and it seems like just the other day you were bringing him home from the hospital.

I don't want to forget …

Let's Talk Trash

For those of you who do not know me may be thinking, why is this topic important? I think it’s important because of the work that garbage men and, yes, even some women, do everyday. For those of you that do know me will know it is important because it is the very job that my husband has.

Every week you roll your trash cans, toters, and recycling bins to the curb for the sanitation workers to pick up and get rid of, so that you are able to live a life without living in your own filth. But what is it really like being that sanitation worker? Or even, the sanitation worker’s family? Let me tell you!

Now, the trash business isn’t all that new to me because my step dad has been working as a sanitation truck driver, well, for forever. I was familiar with the smells and dirty clothes that come along with the job and also the hours that go into it. However, when Chris and I got married and he decided to take on the job (better pay and benefits) I was in for a lot more than what I thought I knew…

Advice for first time moms who are probably sick of people's advice

First time moms get a lot of advice, sometimes it is a lot of unwanted advice. Eventually it gets to a point where it goes in one ear and out the other. Typically, a first time mom trusts one or two people; their mom (or motherly figure) and their doctor. Of course, their moms have been there and done that with the whole pregnancy and birthing thing and doctors have been there through countless pregnancies and births, why wouldn’t we trust them? After all they are supposed to be the experts, right?

In 2012 the United States cesarean rate was 32.8% (Cesarean Section, n.d.). C-sections are the most common procedure performed in operating rooms in the United States. Why? Well first and foremost I must say that there are real case emergencies where C-sections are needed in order to save the life of the baby and/or the mother. However, in many cases women are not allowed the option to have a vaginal birth (read my son’s birth story) because of various reasons that doctors come up with (not …